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The Waiting Game

  • The Waiting Game

Wow, what a finish we are headed for!

One round of the A-League to come and the make-up of the top six, Brisbane Roar aside, is not yet decided.

Results in the previous round guaranteed it would go down to the wire, which is just what Football Australia would have been hoping for.

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With the competition for second to sixth still wide open, all eyes are on results this weekend to see who finishes where.

Itís just how it should be.

Adelaide United are, of course, still in with a shot of second place.

This would be invaluable to a club that has been in scintillating form at home all season.

Should they gain that second spot and home ground advantage, look out.

The Reds could definitely take the prize.

Adelaide is currently fourth, a solitary point behind the Western Sydney Wanderers (second) and Central Coast Mariners (third).

Crucially, the Reds have the best goal difference of any of the side in the top six other than the Brisbane Roar.

Should United defeat Newcastle on Friday night, it will be a nervous wait for Reds players and staff to see how other results pan out, but there will be comfort in knowing they have fulfilled their end of the bargain.

The Wanderers and Mariners play Saturday afternoon, with the Wanderers to kick-off first.

The Mariners are in the position of knowing what they will have to do by the time they run onto the pitch against Brisbane at Suncorp Stadium.

Itís a tough game for them, with the Roar the benchmark of the competition and surely looking to enter the finals with winning momentum.

Western Sydney have, on paper, a more winnable game against the Melbourne Heart, but we cannot underestimate the Harry Kewell factor.

In his last game of competitive football, the former international will be looking to go out on a high in front of his home crowd and his teammates will be looking to help him reach it.

Adelaide are in the best position of the three in my mind, with a very simple goal against Newcastle.

Win the game and let the nerves of second-guessing results fall to the other teams in the running.

Thereís no doubt the team can do it, despite loss of Michael Marrone (broken leg) and Tarek Elrich (suspension).

If they play with the belief, commitment and flair they have displayed this season, Adelaide can definitely take care of Newcastle.

Then itís just a waiting game.

Exciting, eh?

Do you think the Reds will finish second? What's your final top six?

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